Winners Tiger Awards for Short Films 2007
This week saw the announcement of the winners of IFFR’s two short film competitions for 2007. The three Tiger Awards for Short Film were granted to VIDEO GAME by Vipin Vijay (India), HINTERLAND by Geoffrey Boulangé (France) and THE FLAG (BAYRAK) by Köken Ergun (Turkey). Honourable Mentions went to VOM INNEN; VON AUSSEN (ABOUT THE INSIDE; FROM THE OUTSIDE) by Albert Sackl (Austria) and YOU CAN WALK TOO by Cristina Lucas (Spain).
The Tiger Awards for Short Film jury noted VIDEO GAME’s “relentless, complex post-modern intelligence”, HINTERLAND’s “courage and precision” and described THE FLAG as “an extraordinarily elegant film.”
The Prix UIP Rotterdam was awarded to AMIN by David Dusa (France/Germany/the Netherlands), which automatically receives nomination for the European Film Awards.
David Dusa’s film is a stand-alone excerpt from his feature film project FRANCE, currently being developed at the Amsterdam’s Binger Filmlab. Last year’s winner, MEANDER by Joke Liberge, was also a Binger project.
Video Game by Vipin Vijay
“Video Game is yet another illustration that there’s more to the Cinema of India than can be contained with the received wisdom which seeks to encompass it by reference to a dualism opposing Satyajit Ray to Bollywood. Video Game shows a relentless, complex post-modern intelligence as it processes everything within its view, within its memory, within its wide range of cultural references. Its title is an index to this complexity, as it evokes not only digital game space as an aspect of the real, but the pursuit of video within the understanding of a game, replete with strategies, movements, and counter-movements. A new kind of road movie, indeed.”
Hinterland by Geoffrey Boulangé
“In Hinterland by Boulanger we are taken on a trip into the mountains with a single mother and her two sons, about 8 and 10 years of age. The walk through rocky forests with brooks and across hot meadows is shown with slow movements and large static cinemascope landscapes in which the characters need minutes to walk through from one side to the other. On the highest plateau the mother takes a nap while both her sons wander further. She awakes on the same moment that David, the oldest boy, finds a dying horse. When she arrives at the scene, the boy and the mother quarrel about what to do. The mother continues with the youngest son to find help but David stays and kills the horse by squashing its head with a large rock.
Apart from the visual grandeur and classical beauty, the author brings the initiation theme and other mythical and psychological connotations of the narrative with courage and precision. The film seems to be exceptionally internally balanced and streams like a river. It is a clear step towards a long feature film and we are happy to award it with a Tiger Award for Short Film.”
The Flag by Köken Ergun
“Bayrak (The Flag) by Köken Ergun could be considered an extraordinarily elegant film: It documents Turkish school children involved in a patriotic ceremony taking place on Children’s Day in a giant football stadium, simply using two handheld mini DV cameras. Without further commentary, these two perspectives of the ceremony are conjoined using the basic strategy of a split screen. The result could hardly be more effective, moving and claustrophobic. We become witnesses to the indoctrination of the young in a manner that could not be more frontal. But before we cast aspersion, this film should also remind us to consider the effective though hidden strategies of indoctrination here at home.”